OneDrive is an excellent service for cloud storage. The main feature that differentiates OneDrive from previous versions and gives you an advantage is its integration with the Windows version 8.1 and Windows Phone in many portable devices.
You can use OneDrive to store and save all types of files in the cloud so that they are available on any computer or device. With OneDrive, you do not need to use flash memory to copy and exchange data and information between your devices, you just need an Internet connection and you can access and use the same content.
Creating a OneDrive Account
To use OneDrive you just need to have a Microsoft account, but you can create one of these accounts for free. If you already have an email account with Outlook.com you can also use this in order to log in with OneDrive.
5 GB For Free
OneDrive offers to all who own or create an account, 5GB of free space. This is sufficient for the vast majority, but there are other methods to increase this capacity without paying. There are also other plans that you can chose from which allow you to have more space for a certain amount of money.
What Can You Store With OneDrive?
The vast majority of users use OneDrive like to be able to upload from any device and to have a backup of their files in the cloud. The service is also very popular for saving documents either in Text, docs, Excel workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Here are some of the things you can store with OneDrive:
- Automatically save email attachments.
- Store movies or videos.
- Save programs and installers.
Uploading Files to OneDrive
How can you upload and save files in OneDrive? We can upload files to OneDrive in different ways, depending on the equipment or device we use, here are some of the most common ways that you can upload files:
- In a desktop computer with Windows 8.1 through integration, you only need to right click on the file and choose the menu “OneDrive” and it will add it to the folder.
- On other operating systems you must install the application from the website. There are versions of the application for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OS X.
- On a cell phone or tablet you need to install the application, which is available on the App Store for Android and for iOS in the Apple store. Those who use a Windows Phone, logically have the integrated application.
- Finally our browser can access the service and upload manually what we need.
- We can explore stored files, create folders and upload them manually.
- You can also create documents in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
- You can create a folder and upload files to OneDrive with web browser
As we said at the beginning of the article, each storage service has its own characteristics and therefore its own satisfied users. OneDrive is preferred for those using portable devices with any version of Windows, such as the Nokia Lumia, the Surface tablets and others. For those who need extra space and can afford, prices are as follows:
- 100GB per month – $1.99
- 200GB per month – $3.99
Those who subscribe to Office 365 plans, you can enjoy a storage capacity of 1TB. Here are the Office 365 plans:
- Office 365 Home ($9.99 per month)
- Office 365 Personal ($6.99 per month)
- University ($79.99 for 4 years with 1TB)
Using OneDrive Without Loggin In
Many users are attracted to the option of using OneDrive, but do not want to have to log in with the Microsoft account as this slows down the computer greatly, even more if the internet connection is not high speed. Although, with OneDrive, it is not required to log in. You only have to do so if you want automatic updates.
- Streamlined Windows Integration
- Office365 Integration
- Generous Storage Capacities
- Limited Collaboration Functions